2018 Botany Bay Easter Regatta

J24 skippers can still catch the early bird fee. It’s time to get on board with the J24 Botany Bay Regatta!

With two and a bit weeks to run, 5 teams are comitted to the flat waters (without ferries!!!) of Botany Bay.

This will be a great regatta to begin your campaign to the NSW States.  Botany Bay in Easter, Cronulla for the June Long Weekend and then Cronulla again for the NSW States 3-4 Nov 2018.

Dust off the J, gather the crew, get amongst it!!!! Enter now!!

For further details please contact Marc on 0419 229 522 or marc@ausseasailingschool.com.au

Sailing Instructions now available

Near New Quantum Sails

For Sale

Near new Quantum Main purchased for the NSW Championships in 2016. hoisted once and since that event in storage. Current new retail price $2015.00 USD ($2565 AUD).  Cash price $1700

Near new Quantum Jib purchased for the NSW Championships in 2016. hoisted once and since that event in storage. Current new retail price $1555.00 USD ($1980 AUD).  Cash price $1300

Both these sails are available now, nothing wrong with them, nothing to do, all measured and regatta ready. Free delivery included in the Sydney metropolitan area, they’re in near new condition, and constitute a real value purchase. These prices are fixed.

Photos to come however they look just like a new J24 Jib and Main.

Please contact me on 0414 274 412 or j24aus1646@gmail.com

2018 J24 Victorian State Championships

Steve Girdis and his winning crew happily lifting the trophies

Previous National Champion Steve Girdis and his mixed crew of Victorians and New South Welshmen (notionaly a Victorian crew then) sailing ‘Convicts Revenge’ are the new 2018 Monjon J24 Victorian State Champions, from Dave West sailing ‘Kaotic’ (NSW) and Brendan Lee in ‘By the Lee’ (Vic).

Current National Champion Hugo Ottaway is the winner of the PHS competition from Kaotic and Convicts Revenge.

With hot sunny and light conditions on Saturday and heavier southerlies on Sunday, the regatta had a bit of everything, many old faces moved back in the fleet with new blood coming to the fore. The NSW entries did well in a very competitive fleet of 19 boats. Racing was very close with many races having the bulk of the fleet finishing with a few minutes of each other

A full report in the next few days, stay tuned.

Full results are here

Mast for sale

Do you have an old mast that you want to replace. Corrosion, wear and tear takes it’s toll, so here is the best opportunity you will have right now.

This anodised J24 mast for is for sale, it is in excellent condition. Perfect for current circuit racing Js or club racer, comes with mast fittings and deck partners. Available immediately in Melbourne. $2700. Standing rigging (Dyform lowers) and halyards as seen in the pics available extra $600.

Make your boat go faster, or replacement to improve the look and feel of your boat, this mast is ideal as a low cost mast replacement if you have an older style or worn out  mast and want to upgrade without the cost of a new mast.

Take advantage of this great mast to upgrade your boat. For a fast buyer in NSW take advantage of boats trailing back from the Vic States this weekend for free transport to Sydney.

Call Simon on 0413 870 046

2018 J24 Victorian State Championships

The Vic States is rapidly approaching, with racing on March 10 and 11.
The NOR and other info is posted on the SYC website and below, along with links to get your entries in.
Along with the racing, there will be plenty of off field activities, including a BBQ after registration on Friday evening, dinner in the HVR ($30 per head) on Saturday night and BBQ presentation on Sunday afternoon.
Keep your eye out for the posts on SYC.com.au and get your entries in.

NOR is here :  NOR-J24-States-2018-Rev-0

Online entry here

Sailing Instructions   SI-J24-2018-Rev-0

J24 Botany Bay Easter Regatta

Entry List

  1. AUS4430     PINOT            M. Van Dinther
  2. AUS1646     SLIPPERY     M. Reynolds
  3. AUS2641     HOP STEP     T. Wakefield
  4. AUS2634     FUN                  J.  Macquart
  5. AUS5386     TINTO            S. Wright

With one month to run, 5 solid teams have committed to the flat waters (without ferries!!!) of Botany Bay.

This will be a great regatta to begin your campaign to the NSW States.  Botany Bay in Easter, Cronulla for the June Long Weekend and then Cronulla again for the NSW States 3-4 Nov 2018.

Dust off the J, gather the crew, get amongst it!!!!

For further details please contact Marc on 0419 229 522 or marc@ausseasailingschool.com.au

Regatta Page

NORJ24 Regatta 2018

Sportsnap pictures of the 2018 Nationals

It’s now the other end of January, the Nationals are done and dusted, Australia Day is out of the way and it’s time for a bit of summer reflection. What did just happen over the New Year break ?

Are you thinking back to the Nationals, why not look back at them !

Our amazing photographer Luis Ferreiro from Sportsnap has OVER 2,000 beautiful pictures of our 2018 Nationals online. This is an awesome collection of brilliant pictures. Luis’ pics are clear, sharp, colourful and capture the action in a way few can do.

In a fantastic deal with the Vic Assn, these pics are FREE for you to download.  DID I MENTION FREE AND VERY EASY TO SELECT AND DOWNLOAD  !!!

Simply go online to www.sportsnap.com.au

Select LATEST EVENTS – pick the gallery you want to view and start looking at pics. When you see one you want, click on the little ‘Cart Icon’ at bottom right.

To recieve a decent size colour pic into your computer or phone, click on ‘Personal Use’  – select the ‘Medium’  size button ($0) and click ‘Add to cart’, then click on ‘Continue Shopping’ for more pics. Select and add to cart as many as you want and the files will be stored in your cart and an email sent to you with a download link when you decide to check out.

If you want Luis to print out a bright colourful shiny print, select the ‘Print/Product’ choice, there is a fee for this, but the prints are amazing.

Don’t forget to thank the Vic Association and Luis next time you see them, what a great deal and what a great photographer.

Ok click the www.sportsnap.com.au link and get started.

J24 Botany Bay Easter Regatta

The Botany Bay Yacht Club with the support of the J24 Southern Fleet will again be running the J24 Botany Bay Easter Regatta on 31 Mar and 01 Apr 2018.

Currently, 4 J’s are competitive at BBYC, led by Marc Van Dinther and PINOT.

Please consider supporting this event.

For further details please contact Marc on 0419 229 522 or marc@ausseasailingschool.com.au

Regatta Website

NORJ24 Regatta 2018

2018 Monjon J24 Nationals – Day Four

Hugo and winning crew 2018

Congratulations to Hugo Ottaway and his crew, Pauliina Mattila, Gareth Evans, James Tarode and Megan Aulich sailing ‘Bruschetta VI’, the new National J24 Class Champions for 2018 by 3 points from Simon Grain in ‘Jet’ and Steve Wright in ‘Tinto’ in third.

Day four was a battle for first between Hugo and Simon right to the very end, with both finishing the last race in the same order as they finished the regatta.

Hyperactive and Vice Versa both finished on 58 points for fourth and fifth respectively an indication of the close racing throughout the regatta.

The last day started slowly with a 12-15 knot southerly, cloudy skies and much cooler temperatures (to everyones relief after the very draining 42 degree Saturday). With a shifty wind, a couple of generals and an exemplary attitude from the race committee, after one and a half hours and seven start sequences we finally got away. Jordan skippering the Sandy Youth boat ‘Sidetracked’ had an absolute blinder of a race finishing out front only to suffer the pain of finding he was OCS on a black flag race.

Watch Craig Wileys great race start videos

Steve Wright in ‘Tinto’ took the gun, with ‘Jet’ just pipping ‘Bruschetta VI’ right on the line. Race 12 had ‘Bruschetta  VI’ taking out the race from ‘Jet’ and Kirsty Harris in ‘Hyperactive’

Again Luis Ferreiro was on the race track. You can see fanatastic pics of your boat in action at www.sportsnap.com.au

Hugo Ottaway in Bruschetta VI powering to windward. Luis Photo
Steve Wright sailed a great regatta, but we all have our moments !   Luis Photo
When the action gets busy, Luis was there – great shot !

So who came where – the full results for One Design are here

The Performance Handicap was won by Robin Townsend in ‘Witches Thimble’ from Jack Fullerton in ‘Two Dogs’ and Ron Thomson in ‘Kicking’. Results are here

Robin Townsend and crew, worthy winners of the PHS competition.

In the very popular Thommo Cup, once again Ron took the honours from Jeanette 7 – 5. Although he tells me he got a real scare in the middle of the regatta when it was 4 all !

There are stories too many to mention from the fleet. The standard of racing is awesome, it dosn’t matter where in the fleet, from front to back the competition is full on. And everyone is loving it.

Our Sandy Race Management Team did a fantastic job in sometimes trying conditions. I heard no grumbles, only praise for their very professional work.

A comment from Peter Edwards from Cronulla regarding the Race Committee,
“For the next three days I got to experience the most proficient organised and skilled Race Committee I have ever been involved with. From the top Graeme Watt and Peter Taylor empower all their team with a cool calm and sense of importance that make you proud to be involved with them.
My thanks go to all the team for allowing me to be part of your team.
Sandringham Race Committee are as good as it gets if not better and I had so much enjoyment in being part of it, I really didn’t want to leave”.

(We know it but it is nice to hear it from outside – well done Wattie and team – a huge thank you on behalf of all the competitors and the Vic and National class committees)

Seven of the best in the business

The Vic Association did a fantastic job organising the regatta. President John Neville and the committee put in huge hours, effort and energy into making this Nationals one of the best anyone can remember – many people told me that.

The presentation was held in the Sandy Harbourview restaurant, another very successful evening with El Presidente, master MC and funnyman John Neville, lamenting that the regatta had not ended when he was winning but doing a sterling job presenting trophies, cracking jokes and keeping us all in laughter.

So at the end of it all – here is the money shot !

Winners are grinners !



Cheers Simon.

2018 Monjon J24 Nationals – Day Three

Day three turned most things right around. Gone is the light to medium Southerly, in is the 42 degree 20 – 25 knot Northerly. Jibs for everyone and for the first time in years code flag Y – life jackets today  !

Initially felt with some foreboding by some, the hot Northerly belted the fleet all day, but wasn’t the boat and crew crusher some expected.

Kirsty Harris sailing ‘Hyperactive’ cleaned up the first two races with a very, very close win from Simon Grain in ‘Jet’ and Brendan Lee in ‘By the Lee’ in the first and a convincing win in the second from Hugo Ottaway in ‘Bruschetta VI’ and Ron Thomson in ‘Kicking’.

Hyperactive wins Race 8 – Photo Luis

A little further back, places 5-8 finished in line abreast with a spread of only 5 seconds (on the score sheet – I would have thought it was less than that), another example of the close racing the class is providing. Thanks Craig.

Posted by Craig Wiley on Saturday, 6 January 2018


Race Ten was taken out in grand and exciting style by class National President Ron Thomson in ‘Kicking’, you can see that here :


Filling the minor placings in Race Ten were Brendan Lee and Simon Grain.

In any windy day there are things that just happen. Three people that I know of went into the water – but hung on to be pulled back on board. Steve Wright in ‘Tinto’ had his bowman and kite pole go over – the pole didn’t come back!

Starting in the strong winds where you might expect things to get a bit more ragged, it was quite the opposite for most competitors (not all) with no U flag today. See videos and Craig Wiley’s comments here :

Being a windy day Luis Ferreiro, our amazing sports photographer was out getting some great action pics.

Go to www.sportsnap.com.au/portfolio to see yourself in action. Here is a small selection from today.

Race 8 & 9 winners Hyperactive
Jack Fullerton’s immaculate Two Dogs
Start line action – great shot !

So what happened on the result sheet. Well quite a few changes, sadly for John Neville, yesterday’s regatta leader, a less than a glam day, resulting in a fall from first to third behind new leader Hugo Ottaway and in second place Simon Grain. Still wide open, the first 6 places cover only 10 points and tomorrow sees some serious work still to be done for the title of National Champion 2018.

Full results here :  Results

Time also to say what a fantastic job the whole race management team is doing. The racing has been handled brilliantly with fair startlines and a mix of course length and structure. The protest committee has been busy with a few meetings over the last few days. From us to you – well done, thanks Guys and Girls of the Sandy team.

OK, tomorrow is a big day for a few of us, thanks for reading my little report.

Cheers Simon.